Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Mon Oncle

1956 - Dir.: Jaques Tati

Shown at The FeckenOdeon on March 29th, 2003

Tati's eccentric creation M.Hulot charmed us last year in "M.Hulot's Holiday". For those of us who have loved Tati's humour for many years, it was a delight to see that this truly international comic genius could still work his magic.This time he's tangling with the latest (1950s) technology in "Mon Oncle". Hulot's young nephew is being brought up in a high tech apartment. As you might imagine Hulot and technology really don't mix and chaos results. The boy's parents try to reform the errant uncle by giving him a job in their ultra modern plastics factory - a big mistake. If Hulot can practically destroy a kitchen with a food mixer just imagine what he can do with an extruding machine. Tati is one of the cinema's great treasures, and this movie (his first in colour) is unforgettable. It took a host of awards culminating with an Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 1956.

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